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Established in 1840 

" God will not be mocked. If we disregard the Word of Wisdom, 
and make light of it, we shall see the day when we shall pay the 
price which will fall upon us as a severe rebuke that cannot be 
disregarded."— David A. Smith. 

No. 8, Vol. 96 Thursday, February 22, 1934 Price One Penny 


Elder John A. Widtsoe 
of the council op twelve 

ONE HUNDRED years ago the Lord revealed to the Prophet 
Joseph Smith a doctrine which is commonly known as the 
Word of Wisdom. In that revelation we are taught that what- 
ever injures the human body should not be used as food or bever- 
age by man. The spirit of man, eternal, God-begotten, cannot 
do its full work here upon earth, unless it inhabits a wholesome, 
sound body. This is a fundamental doctrine among the Latter- 
day Saints. Therefore, we exclude in our practice of this prin- 
ciple not only alcohol, but other drinks that tend to stimulate 
unnaturally or otherwise to injure the human body. Included in 
this group of substances are alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and any 
other drink or food containing a drug, either habit-begetting or 
directly injurious to the body. 

We ante-date in such things by a good many years present 
societies organized for the purpose of controlling habits de- 
veloped through the use or misuse of alcohol and other similar sub- 
stances. It has been my privilege to live in the proximity of the 
headquarters of the World's Prohibition Federation in London. 
I have read the bulletins of this society as they have come out, 
and have noted with a great deal of pleasure the manner in 
which news is gathered by the Federation from all parts of the 
earth in support of temperance. Latter-day Saints are in sym- 
pathy with every such righteous movement dealing with the 
control of evil among humanity. 

Latter-day Saints, however, would prefer another word than 
"prohibition," could one be found. We seldom use it in our 
Church discussions. We do not prohibit. There are eternal 
laws which govern humanity, earth and the stars — laws which 


are not man-made, but eternal, unchangeable, everlasting. Sonic 
of these laws are of a material, others of a spiritual nature, but 
they are all eternal laws which of necessity govern human life 
and conduct. We are taught that since we are free agents, made 
in the image of God, we must acquaint ourselves with these 
laws ; and whenever we find that we do anything in opposition 
or contrary to these natural laws, whether discovered through 
man's own search or through divine revelation, it becomes neces- 
sary for ns to correct our habits. That is, we believe first of all 
in a pi'ocess of education, explaining the reasons why certain 
things should not be done ; and then in strengthening the will for 
the proper exercise of man's free agency. 

However, the AVord of Wisdom, so-called, contains a great 
deal more than merely a statement to the effect that certain 
injurious articles are not to be taken into the body. Those who 
are familiar with it know that it falls into at least three distinct 
parts : one setting forth the unwisdom of using certain injurious 
substances ; the second dealing with the things that man should 
take into his body in order to maintain first class health ; and 
the third speaking of the rewards that come to the person who 
obeys the Word of Wisdom. 

We teach, therefore, as a people following this divine revela- 
tion that it is unwise and injurious to health to use much 
meat, except in times of famine, when we are obliged to fall 
back on whatever food is available (and times of famine occur 
frequently in the world), or, in times of cold weather, when meat 
has a special function to perform within the human body ; and 
that we make the major part of our diet, grains, vegetables and 
fruits — the natural foods that tend to maintain health and 
increase the length of life. 

DURING the last generation or so, a great body of new know- 
ledge bearing upon this subject has been won by modern 
science. Thirty years ago Ave were very much at a loss to explain 
certain things that pertained to the maintenance of human life in 
relation to diet. To-day many of these difficult questions have 
been answered. Perhaps most Latter-day Saints know that 
during the last twenty-five or thirty years there has been a com- 
plete revaluation in our knowledge relative to diet and dietary 
problems. We know to-day that Ave should eat grains as pre- 
scribed in the Word of Wisdom, and generally eat them without 
removing any parts of them, because refined foods usually haA'e 
lost the most A T ital important elements contained by natural 
foods — at least the elements most vital in promoting human 
growth, development and health. We have learned also the 
value of A 7 egetables as neA'er before, and Ave haA^e learned the 
health-giving A T alue of fruits. 

It is a marvelous thing that a boy of western NeAv York, 
untaught in the AA'ays of the world, unacquainted Avith the 
sciences of this day, unfamiliar AAith the universities and the 
learning thereof, should be able to speak in such a manner, at a 
time when science AA r as in its swaddling clothes, and to be found 
correct in his teaching and in full harmony with the most recent 
findings of modern science. We are very grateful that whereVer 
Ave turn in the history of the Prophet Joseph Smith AA'e find 
eA T idences of divine Avisdom and inspiration in all that he did. 


Now, we Latter-day Saints believe that if Ave care for our bodies 
according to the positive aspects of the Word of Wisdom and 
properly maintain our physical health, we will gradually lose any 
existing taste for the injurious substances spoken of in the Word of 
Wisdom. The best way to cure the alcohol habit is to build a strong 
physical body with pure blood, by eating the right kind of food, 
taking the right kind of exercise, providing for the proper neces- 
sities of life according to our best knowledge. Building up a 
strong, wholesome body, usually will take away the craving for 
both alcohol and tobacco, and for other stimulating substances. 
A man in good health, following the prescriptions of the Word 
of Wisdom, does not need artificial stimulants. The necessary 
stimulants are provided by the body itself in accordance with 
the needs of the body, from the wholesome foods and drinks 
consumed. This, then, is one view of the Word of Wisdom, from 
the angle of the Latter-day Saints. I repeat it here not merely 
for the benefit of our friends, but as a revieAV for all of us who 
should be familiar with this important principle of Latter-day 
Saint doctrine. 

WE believe that man lived before he came upon this earth ; 
that his life did not begin with his earthly birth. He had 
a pre-existent life, in which life he lived with his Father in heaven, 
our God. In fact, we teach that man was begotten of God and 
was in the beginning with God in a far distant past, unknown to 
us and perhaps not understandable by us in our present limited 
condition ; but we did live then, we did possess the powers we 
possess to-day, of thought and reason, with the power to accept 
or reject ; and Ave belieA^e that aac came in time upon this earth in 
accordance AA r ith a plan devised for the education and continued 
advancement of the children of God Avho lived with Him in the 
spirit estate. 

We came upon earth because AA^e had earned the right to come 
here ; because Ave AA r ere fitted to come here. We came because Ave 
AA r ere Avilling to take upon ourselves the difficulties of earthlife as 
a preparation for the life to come, AA r hich, like this life, will be 
full of intelligence, Avith the poAA 7 ers that Ave possess to-day, re- 
fined, increased, made greater in a world AAdiich is more sus- 
ceptible than this of our rapid advancement toAA^ard a destiny 
infinite in its nature. 

Throughout the Avhole history of mankind, a dim story has 
been told by poet and prophet of a great event that happened in 
the heavens before the earth AA r as. We declare that that great 
event has been made clear to us in this day through the revela- 
tions gwen to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The spirits of men in 
that pre-existent state AA r ere called together in a great council ; 
before AAdiich the Father set forth the plan of salvation iiwolving 
the creation of the earth, the coming of man upon earth, his 
labours here and his reAvards and punishments if he did obey or 
failed to obey the plan. Then, when that had been done by the 
Father, Avho in His love for us had prepared the plan, He asked 
us AA T hether AA'e AA r ould accept or reject it. 

The AA r ar in heaA T en AA r as AA r ith respect to the acceptance or re- 
jection of the plan of the Almighty. We possessed then, as here, 
in short, our right of choice, our free agency in the life before 
this. One group desired that man should be brought upon earth 


and be ultimately saved without any effort of his own, without 
the use of his free agency, without the right to act for himself, 
which he should possess as being like unto God, as a child of God. 
The other group, led by the Saviour, declared that no pro- 
gression was possible unless man were placed upon earth with 
the full privilege and power of free agency, and that he must 
constantly accept and reject for himself, as a free agent, other- 
wise he could not rise to the glorious destiny which has been set 
before humanity. 

THE principle of free agency is absolutely fundamental in 
"Mormon" doctrine. It lies at the bottom of our religion. 
There is no coercion in the Church of Christ ; there is no driving of 
men and women in the Church of Christ ! I must accept or reject 
eternal truth, and stand ready to receive the consequences of my 
acts. If my body is not kept clean and whole and well, like a 
heavy veil it makes it difficult for the spirit to penetrate, for a 
man to do his work properly and happily. That is the law — not 
made by man, not executed by the Congress of the United States, 
not backed by the parliament of the British Empire, but an 
eternal law. Every truth I, a free agent, must accept or reject 
for myself. The responsibility is upon me. Throughout the 
whole of "Mormonism," throughout every doctrine of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lies this right of the indi- 
vidual to decide for himself. As he decides right upon sound 
knowledge he grows in joyous power. The more wisely he de- 
cides, the more rapid is his development. If he decides unwisely, 
if his will be not strong, if he refuses to exercise his will, in be- 
half of righteousness, which is only the codes of eternal laws, 
he cannot rise, he remains on the old level, or goes downward to 
an infinite evil destiny, just as terrible in its consequences as the 
destiny of the obedient man is glorious. 

There is no coercion in the Church of Christ. We desire know- 
ledge, sound knowledge, taught to man through every proper 
channel. We hope to become a people with strong wills, 
sufficiently strong to obey the truth, to accept and use it, strong 
enough to lay aside that which is evil and improper. We choose 
to receive and obey truth. That is "Mormonism." 

Every once in a while I hear some one speak of having to do 
this or that in the Church of Christ. Such persons fail to under- 
stand the meaning of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our 
Saviour is the leader whom we follow. The men who stand at 
the head of the Church in our day possessing the Priesthood, the 
authority of it, with a knowledge of the Gospel, are but re- 
presentatives of Jesus Christ. They have no will to impose upon 
the people ; they merely teach that which God has taught. This 
Church is, as it were, "A kingdom of Priests." There is no priestly 
class in the Church of Christ in these latter days ; all the men 
hold the Priesthood, and all the women are sharers in the benfits 
and blessings of the Priesthood. Every man moves toward 
salvation through his own efforts and by the kind and gracious 
help of our Heavenly Father. This is a Church of independent 
men and women, thinking and acting for themselves, but having 
accepted the truth of this latter-day work are parties to the 
fulfillment of it, and eager to do that which the Lord requires 
His children to do. 


I have always felt since I first came into the Church, and feel 
it more strongly to-day, that this is a Church of leadership for 
all the world. We have given many messages to the world and 
shall give more, in humility and simplicity, in clearness of state- 
ment, for the upbuilding of righteousness among the children of 

So rim our thoughts with regard to every movement in behalf 
of human salvation, whether upon earth or in heaven. I trust 
that every Latter-day Saint will remember this fundamental 
principle in the Gospel of Christ : that every person possesses the 
right of free agency, that the Lord Himself, the Master of the 
heaven and the earth, will not tamper with the right of a man 
to act for himself, that we bring blessings or punishments upon 
ourselves. Otherwise, how could there be a judgment in the end? 
Otherwise, how could we rise to the destiny promised us? 

AS to the fruits of the Word of Wisdom — we have something 
to say about them. We are not a perfect people. Brigham 
Young tells a story, which I think bears repeating very often. 
He delivered a sermon one Sunday afternoon. A group of people, 
strangers, sat in the congregation listening to him. The next 
day these strangers called on him. They talked over the issues of 
the day, and finally one of the party said : " President Young, we 
were at the Tabernacle yesterday afternoon and heard you speak. 
From what you said w T e are inclined to believe that you think 
your people are perfect." "No," said Brigham Young, "you 
have misunderstood me entirely. You failed to comprehend my 
meaning. We are an imperfect people, as all mortal beings are. 
We have not attained perfection yet ; but we have a perfect 
system, and those who give allegiance to it will be on the way to 

So Avith respect to the Word of Wisdom. We are not a perfect 
people ; we do not all keep it as we should. But multitudes of us 
have laid alcohol to one side, forgotten tobacco, do not drink tea 
or coffee, and consequently in a hundred years some astonishing 
results have been attained, such as no other group of like num- 
bers and place in civilization can show. The birth-rate of the 
Latter-day Saints is one-half higher than that of similar groups 
of the same size throughout the civilized world. The death-rate 
is half as great as the average. Deaths from practically every 
disease have been reduced almost in the same proportion. The 
scourges that afflict the world have been stayed in part among 
this humble people because of the partial observance of God's 
great law of temperance, and if Ave all kept the laAV, if all main- 
tained our bodily health as Ave should, our liA^es might be 
lengthened out yet more, and our spirits speak through such 
healthy bodies with a neAV poAver. 

Think of the mighty work Ave could then accomplish among 
the children of men ; the world is in need of leadership. God giA'e 
us leaders ! God make us leaders, through our faithful obseiwance 
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I pray, in the name of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Amen. — (Adapted from an address in the Taber- 
nacle at Salt Lake City, Utah, January 21, 1934.) 

It may make a difference to all eternity Avhether Ave do right or 
Avrong to-day.— James Freeman Clarke. 

118 Latter-day saints' millennial star 



First Night. Opening exercises. Local Priesthood activity report. 
Two twelve-minute talks: First: "The Nature of Repentance" (Re- 
ference: Articles of Faith, pp. 113-116); Second: "Why Repentance?" 
(See Articles of Faith, pp. 116-120.) Take advantage of the many 
Scriptural references in the footnotes in preparing your talks. 

Second Night. Opening exercises. Local Priesthood activity report. 
Lesson : Vitality of Mormon-ism, Chapter Ten : " Original Sin." 

Third Night. Opening exercises. Local Priesthood activity report. 
Two twelve-minute talks: First: "Nature of Baptism" (Reference: 
Articles of Faith, pp. 122-137) ; Second : "Mode of Baptism" (See Articles 
of Faith, pp. 139-148.) 

Fourth Night. Opening exercises. Local Priesthood activity report. 
Lesson : Vitality of Mormon/ism, Chapter Eleven : " Heaven and Hell." — 
G. Homer Durham. 


First Week. Opening exercises. Preliminary programme : a song : 
Have a chorus or quartette sing, "O Say What is Truth." Lesson text : 
Theology, Lesson VI: "Intelligence and Future Life." Objective: To 
show that salvation is truly a gift from God and can be obtained only 
upon compliance to the simple truths of the Gospel. 

Second Week. Opening exercises. Preliminary programme : Read- 
ing : Have one of the sisters read 2 Nephi, second chapter. Work and 
Business. Lesson Text : Teachers' Topic, Lesson VI : " Enduring Satis- 
factions of Life." Objective : To distinguish between the real joy that 
enlightens our lives and the commonly called pleasures of life. 

Third Week. Opening exercises. Preliminary programme. Have 
selections from Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Songs of 
Solomon read to the class. Lesson text: Literature, Lesson VI: "The 
Hebrew Classics." Objective : To review briefly the Hebrew Classics and 
discuss their influence on mortal life. 

Fotirth Week. Opening exercises. Preliminary programme : To be of 
your own choice. Lesson text : Social Service, Lesson VI : Centennial 
Tract 16, in back of book : "Practical Religion." 

A lesson siipplement is being prepared by Sister Emily T. Merrill and 
will be studied in the latter part of the evening. — Rintha Pratt 


Second Week. Lesson 5 in the Genealogical Leaflet. The Book of Mor- 
mon is often referred to as the "Stick of Ephraim." We are to believe, 
then, that the history recorded in this book is of the descendants of 
Joseph through the loins of Ephraim. How was this blood of Ephraim 
introduced into the Book of Mormon peoples ? 

In this lesson we shall trace the blood of Ephraim down to the people 
of the world to-day, and shall learn of their duties and obligations to the 
rest of the scattered house of Israel. 

Fourth Week. Lesson 6 in the Genealogical Leaflet. The Lord, who 


knows the end from the beginning, has prepared for any emergency that 
may appear. From the earliest of times man has been very zealous in 
guarding his pedigree. The children of Israel received their specified 
allotments according to the tribe of their lineage ; the Jew, even down 
to the time of the Christian Era, guarded his genealogy next to his life, 
it being the means by which he was distinguished from others and the 
basis upon which was levied the state tax (Luke 2 : 4). This same 
characteristic is peculiar to our own ancestry. The Welshman's pedi- 
gree was his title-deed by which he claimed his birth-right in the country ; 
the northern races took great pride in tracing their genealogy back to a 
noted chief. In this way the Lord has prepared a way for us to carry our 
ancestry back beyond the time when there seems to have been no records 

The activity to-night will be the third assignment in the Book of Re- 
membrance : that of recording Ave faith-promoting experiences from the 
lives of our ancestry. — John D. Riggs. 


Sacrament Gem for March 

"And that thou may est more fully keep thyself unspotted from the 
world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments 
upon my holy day." (Doctrine and Covenants 59 : !).) 

Gospel Doctrine Department 

March 4th. Concert Recitation : (See Lesson Leaflet — Doctrine and 
Covenants 6 : 7). Open Sunday. This will provide opportunity for the 
Branch Sunday Schools to make up for the lesson that has been or will be 
missed due to the District Conference. 

March 11th. Lesson 9. "The worth of souls." Objective: To show 
the love of God for His children, and why the worth of souls is great to 

It was thought quite generally before the restoration of the Gospel 
that the Lord took pleasure in seeing the wicked punished ; but His word 
given to us in this day makes it clear that He is pained and weeps over 
the acts of His wayward children. The souls of men are dear to the 
Father, for are we not His children, begotten sons and daughters unto 
God in the spirit ? 

1. Why is it essential that we cry repentance and warn all mankind? 

2. AVhy does the Lord place such a high value upon the worth of an 
individual soul ? Show the effect of man's past and possible future upon 
this question. 

3. Does the world always place the welfare of the individual before 
the acquisition of earthly wealth and possessions ? If not, give the 
reason why? 

March 18th. Lesson 10. "The Meaning of Eternal Punishment." Ob- 
jective : To show that men who will not repent must suffer for their sins, 
but that endless punishment does not mean that the punishment will not 
end when the price of sinning is paid. Endless punishment is so-called 
because it is God's punishment, and He is Endless. Questions for dis- 
cussion : 

1. What is the difference between "eternal punishment" and "endless 
punishment," if any? 

2. Why is punishment ever necessary ? 

3. Does God punish in order to avenge Himself upon the sinner ? If not, 
explain the reason for punishment. 

4. To what extent will contrite repentance release an erring person 
from the effects consequent to breaking a law of God ? 

(Continued on page 123) 



\ yfOST readers of the Millennial Star probably saw the London 
*-vl Sunday Dispatch article on " Mormonism " that was printed 
in the issue of February 18th. The appearance of this article in 
a great newspaper is another evidence of the change in public 
sentiment in Britain towards the Latter-day Saints. The Sunday 
Dispatch, of course, printed the article on its own initiative, and 
took considerable care in writing it to make it tell the truth 
about the belief of the "Mormons." The writer spent several 
hours in the European Mission Office getting data for his story 
Avhich, after writing, he submitted for proof reading to members 
of the office staff. This was a kindly consideration which we 
greatly appreciate, and for which we thank the Sunday Dispatch. 

We hope that all readers of the Millennial Star will read the 
article. The reading will do them good in more ways than one. 
They, too, will rejoice that the day has come in this country 
when a great newspaper will take pains to publish the truth 
about the Church and its doctrines. 

But this attitude puts up a challenge to the Latter-day Saints, 
a challenge to them to behave in a manner worthy of the doc- 
trines they profess, so that men may see in Church members the 
fruits of these doctrines. If every Latter-day Saint were a 
worthy representative of the Church there would be put into 
operation the strongest possible proselyting force. A tree is 
known by its fruits. This is the best test available of the value 
of a tree, a test that is universally accepted. Likewise, if a 
" Mormon's" religion makes him a changed man, if it really makes 
him "honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous" and sincerely 
desirous of "doing good to all men," if it makes him actually live 
the Golden Rule, then his life is as a light set upon a hill. His 
neighbours and associates will see his good works, they will feel 
his beneficent influence, truth lovers will be drawn to him and no 
prejudice-producing shafts can be successfully hurled at him. 
Yes, the good opinion of people and the expression of compli- 
mentary things about us is always a challenge to us to merit 
these things. The more known genuine Latter-day Saints be- 
come, the easier will it be to secure favourable publicity for the 
Church and its doctrines. 

The Stmday Dispatch, in introducing its series of articles out- 
lining the beliefs of various religious denominations found in 
England, said in the issue of February 11th : "What shall man 


believe? The question is asked more urgently to-day than 
perhaps ever before. Men seek the truth, because they feel the 
need of it ; material success is not enough. Men's hands are ever 
stretching out toward the Truth." 

Assuming this statement to be true, we get a picture of man's 
religious attitude which is quite different to that painted by 
atheistic intellectuals who would make us believe that honest 
men have lost interest in things spiritual. It is cheering to Church 
workers to read such a statement. It should greatly encourage 
them in their labours. Especially should it be helpful to the 
missionaries of the Church who have been called to the work of 
the ministry, either as part-time or full-time workers. 

When Ave look carefully, we find many indications and 
evidences that the statement in the Sunday Dispatch is correct. 
Man is by nature a religious being, so authorities assert. In these 
very troublesome, perplexing, and rapidly changing times it is 
easy to believe that men are more urgently to-day than ever 
before feeling the need of truth and hence are anxiously stretch- 
ing out their hands to find it. This situation is a challenge to 
truth-bearers, to our missionaries. To meet it we must be up 
and doing. There is no time for sleeping, for resting on our 
oars, for lethargy. 

But how shall we proceed? "Where there is a Avill there is a 
way." First, then, let us be sure we have a will to do our best. 
Let us think, study and pray. The way will be opened. The 
tools and the methods will be found. In this connection a careful 
study of the methods and successes of the past will be very help- 
ful. But whatever the tools and the methods best to use in a 
particular situation, we shall find that they must be sincerely, 
wisely and enthusiastically applied. — M. 


FEBRUARY 27th will mark the one hundred and first anniver- 
*■ sary of the revelation of the Word of Wisdom to the Pro- 
phet Joseph Smith. But neither one century nor many centuries 
can mark the span of its limitless existence. It is as old as man. 
It is as old as law and order. It is eternal. 

In its present form, the Word of Wisdom consists of a set of 
rules designed to help us to observe the unchangable law that 
lies underneath it. Obedience to its provisions is not obedience 
to human mandate, subject to modification, change, revision, or 
repeal ; nor, strictly speaking, is it obedience to a Church edict. 
It is obedience to eternal, immutable law. Hence strict ob- 
servance of it should not be stinted by the feeling that we are 
being coerced, and our agency trammeled. It is through our 
God-given free agency that we may choose to apply the pro- 
visions of the Word of Wisdom to our lives. Obedience to it 
brings the resultant related blessings that follow similar, obedi- 


ence to any law of nature, or of God. How grateful we should 
be for the privilege of knowing, from a divine .source, that its 
message is true, and that to accept it and apply it is good. 

The first century of the Word of Wisdom, as we have it, has 
borne good fruit. Those who have lived and are living its pro- 
visions enjoy increasingly better health, better homes, and more 
complete happiness. Many of us, indeed, have these blessings in 
even greater abundance because those who came before us, 
through living God's law of health, gave to us the priceless herit- 
age of bodily cleanliness and strength. Do we not, then, have a 
like responsibility to our descendants — to the second century ? 
We are an all-important link in the progress of a principle that 
will raise up a powerful people before the Lord. There are those, 
yet generations ahead, avIio, in the scheme of life, will obtain 
their physical heritage through us. To them, as well as to our- 
selves, our observance of the Word of Wisdom means much. In- 
telligent obedience to its provisions, then, is nothing less than 
our just contribution to the furtherance of a great divine plan 
in which we have benefitted, and of which we are a part. — 
Richard S. Bennett. 


Luther Espley, Burnley Branch 

WE are taught that all around us is a great spiritual energy 
which* maintains the material world in being. It is quite 
possible for our spirits to come in contact with this spiritual 
energy to receive nourishment and strength. When we bow our 
heads and close our eyes — shutting out all thoughts pertaining to 
material things — and quietly think and concentrate about God, 
our Eternal Father, asking Him to increase our sense of His 
presence in our souls, we receive from Him — out of this great 
spiritual energy — strength for our spiritual life and knowledge of 
His will. 

Prayer is a way of escape from the deceptions of the physical 
and material world, and from the limitation of our human senses. 
It brings us into contact with Eternal Deity. The discovery and 
invention of the wireless telephone helps us to understand prayer. 
Through the ether waves come words and music moving through 
every house in the laud. They pass through crowded streets, 
invisible but yet caught and heard by those who have procured 
the necessary mechanism to tune in with the various wave- 
lengths of the broadcasting stations. Just so throughout all ages 
of the earth has God's spiritual power been rained and poured 
out upon all mankind. Those Avhose minds and spirits have been 
in tune and in harmony with these unseen forces have received 
power and strength. 

To-day, as well as in ages past, those who hunger and thirst 
after righteousness, and who have nothing in their hearts con- 
trary to the Avill of God, receive the assurance, in their souls, of 
God's presence. They realize in prayer things which cannot be 


realized in any other manner. Prayers are answered in an in- 
creasing consciousness of the reality of God. This sense of the 
unseen tarings power that is unconsciously exercised for better- 
ment. It provides a source of sympathy and rest for all those 
who are troubled in mind, body or spirit. 


(Concluded from page 119 ) 

March 25th. Lesson 11. "Church Organization." Objective : to show 
the reason for the restoration and organization of the Church, the 
duties of officers and members ; and also to show that God is the same 
yesterday, to-day and forever through making Himself and His com- 
mandments known now as in earlier times for the salvation of mankind. 

Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants is one of the great outstand- 
ing commandments given in this dispensation. If we stop and think 
that Joseph Smith was but twenty-four years of age when this revela- 
tion was received and then realize the transcendent power, beauty and 
knowledge of things pertaining to the kingdom of God which it contains, 
we are forced to exclaim: "The Lord God hath spoken it ; and honour, 
poAver, and glory be rendered to His holy name, both now and forever ! " 
Questions for discussion : 

1. Why, in your opinion, did the Lord point out the precise day on 
which the Church should be organized ? 

2. What is the distinctive calling of an Apostle ? of an Elder ? of an High 
Priest ? 

3. How will the companionship of the Holy Ghost help us to resist 
falling into temptation ? 

4. What is meant by justification and by sanctification as used in this 
revelation ? 

Church History Department 

Concert Recitation 

" If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men 
liberally, and upbraideth not ; and it shall be given him ; 

" But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth, is 
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." (James 1 : 5-6.) 

March fill. Lesson 9. "The Father and Son Appeared to Joseph." 
Objective : To show that after hundreds of years of preparation, America 
was ready for the mission of Joseph Smith ; and the time of the Lord 
was at hand. 

March 11th. Lesson 10. "Moroni Visits Joseph." Objective : To show 
that Christ was true to His promises, sending additional information, 
preparing the Prophet for the coming of the True Church. 

March 18th. Lesson 11. "Four Years of Preparation." Objective: 
To show that before the sacred treasures containing the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ would be delivered to Joseph, he must have four years of diligent 

March 25th. Lesson Review. Have members of the class fill in the 
blank spaces in the lesson. The key for checking these answers will be 
sent out to Sunday School Superintendents later. 

Primary Department (Sunday School Class) 

Concert Recitation 

"Jesus said unto him, If thou Avilt be perfect, go and sell what thou 
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven ; and 
come and follow me." (Matthew : 19 : 21.) 


March 4th. A Review Lesson. Review the work done in February, 
also that done in January to see how much is being retained by the 
students. In this review it would be profitable if the teacher could show 
the pupils some pictures which portray some of the incidents that 
feature the miracles of Christ. 

March 11th. Lesson 86. " Jesus Cleanses the Temple." Objective: 
True reverence for places of worship is pleasing to God and uplifting to 
man. Text : John 2 : 12-16. 

March 18th. Lesson 87. "How Jesus Chose His Helpers." Objective: 
The Lord helps the righteous to recognize His call to them. Texts : 
Matt, i : 18-22 ; Mark 1 : 16-20 ; 3 : 13-19 ; Luke 5 : 1-11 ; 6 : 12-16 ; John 
1 : 19-51. 

March 25th. Lesson 88. "Christ and the Rich Young Man." Ob- 
jective : Love for the Gospel, not worldly things, brings eternal life. 
Texts : Matt. 19 : 16-30 ; Mark 10 : 17-31 ; Luke 18 : 18-30.— The Instructor. 

It is suggested that the two-and-one-half minute talks be based upon the 
following topics; "Reasons why I must have faith in my fellowmen," 
and " Christ and the Rich Young Man " — Matthew 19 : 16-30. 

Preparation precedes power ! Assign these talks at least two weeks in 
advance so that the department teacher may assist in the preparation of 
the subject matter. Make them real, spiritual, and inspirational ! 

For singing practice during the month of March, the following songs 
are suggested: " What Was Witnessed in the Heavens?" page 52 ; and 
"Jesus Lover of My Soul," page 217 in the Latter-day Satnt Hymns. — 
John D. Riggs. 


Sunday Evening Joint Programme for March 

Opening hymn : "The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee." 
Prayer : A Gleaner Girl. 
M. I. A. Chorus : " Carry On." 
Slogan Talk: " The Latter-day Saint Home." 
Repetition of the Slogan : The congregation. 

Ten-minute Talk : An " M " Man : " Growth of the Latter-day Work in 
the British Isles — My Country." 
Musical Number: (quartette or instrumental) Selected. 
Address : "The Mission of M. I. A. in Great Britain." 
Hymn : " Sweet is the Work." 

Weekly Programme 

First Night. Opening exercises. Slogan talk: "Cleanliness — A Re- 
fining Influence for Developing Mind, Body and Spirit." Separation to 
departments for the Monthly Departmental Programme (each first night 
of the month). 

Adults: A debate is suggested for to-night: "Resolved: That I he 
school age should be extended." An open forum discussion should prove 
interesting following this. 

"M" Men-Gleaner Joint Programme : Personality lesson for March. 
"Harmonizing of Personalities" (page 126, Youth and Life.) Now! 
To-night! is the time to plan your Annual Spring " M " Men-Gleaner 

Bee-Hives : Lesson night. Follow guides in handbook. 

Second Night Opening exercises. Slogan talk: "The Beauty of 
Things in Motion." We haven't very many more months left in which 
to realize the ideals set forth in our slogan. Let us make each of these 


slogan talks a step forward to this realization. Class and Activity periods 
of 45 minutes each. 

Adults : Chapter Thirteen : " Mormonism and Other Religions." 

" M " Men : Chapter Thirteen : "The Price of Popularity." 

Gleaners: Page Twenty-four : " Cultivating Joy." 

Bee-Hives : To be planned by the Bee-keeper. 

Activity Period : Drama under the direction of the Drama Activity 
Director. Are you rehearsing a one-act play yet ? 

Third Night. Opening exercises could well feature a musical number 
by a group working for Branch Achievement Programme recognition. 
In place of the usual slogan talk, we suggest another retold story. 

Adults ; Chapter Fourteen : "The Meaning of Inspiration." 

" M " Men : What are "M " Men anyway ? The time has come for us to 
give more attention to the programme and objectives of this great 
organization. In this connection let us study this evening the material 
found on pages 139-146 in the "M" Men Programme and Guide Section 
of our text. "M"Men in the British Mission may enjoy the same 
standard programme that "M" Men throughout the world do! These 
pages give us the foundation. (See also the mimeographed "M" Men 

Gleaners : Page Twenty-five : "Building Spirituality." 

Bee-Hives : Make use of the guides. Help the girls to plan for next 

Activity Period : Drama. 

Forirth Night: Opening exercises. Slogan talk: "Drama — And De- 
veloping Our Gifts." 

Adults : Chapter Fifteen : " Is God A Person Or An Immanence ? " 

"M" Men : A young man must memorize the "M" Men pledge before 
he becomes a full-fledged "M" Man, as you all know. What does this 
pledge mean in the light of our self-governing organization ? Make this 
the evening's lesson to-night. 

Gleaners : Treasures of Truth project. 

Bee-Hives : To be planned by the girls. 

Activity Period : Drama. 

This ends March. April conies next ! and then May 31st ! How are 
your Building Fund "ideas" coming-' Remember — ideas! — G. Homer 

"M" Men-Gleaner Department 

This month we must work and plan for our big social event of the 
year, namely, the " M " Men-Gleaner Banquet. This should take place 
during March or April. In each district where our groups are organized, 
this function should be held jointly if possible. If, however, the two 
groups cannot co-operate, it may be made a Gleaner or an "M"Men 
Banquet as the case may be. To districts that as yet have no " M " Men or 
Gleaner departments, we say that this is a rare opportunity to present 
the work to the young people of your district. 

All should get together, using their best powers to make this a really 
worthwhile event to which we may well feel proud to invite our friends. 
Let us show them just what " M " Men and Gleaners can do. Remember, 
it may inspire them to join our ranks ! 

The programme is left for each district to arrange most suitably. By 
way of suggestion, the banquet might be followed by dancing ; by a 
good programme ; or the entire evening could be spent around the table, 
with toasts and after-dinner speeches as features. 

Careful attention to seating at the table should be given, so that 
"M" Men and Gleaners may be well mixed ; and, everyone should be 
acquainted one with another. The " M " Men and Gleaner officers should 
plan the affair, and arrange all the details for the evening. They should 
give speeches of welcome and should preside over the function 

The entire event should be beautiful and charming, but marked by 


simplicity and moderation in dross, programme, and expense, so that 
everyone may be able to attend. 

This is an opportunity not to be missed of showing friends that OUT 
standards of entertaining, as in all filings, are of the very highest. 

Remember that everything must be well planned if we would have 

Should any problems arise, let us know and we Mill be only too willing 
to help and advise yon. — C. Violet Clayton. 

Bee-Hive Department 

Now available at the British Mission Office are the Bee-Hive bandlos as 
pictured with the different Bee-Hive costumes at the end of the Bee-Hive 
Book. The bandlo is a long strip of blue felt, which comes over the light 
shoulder across the chest to the left side where it is joined. If Bee-Hive 
girls cannot afford a costume, it would be well for them to get a bandlo. 
One of the great advantages of having a bandlo is that it can be worn 
over any dress. As it does not have to be washed, the emblems do not 
fade. If bandlos are selected by a swarm as their official dress, every 
girl should have one. 

All the girls of a swarm should wear Bee-Hive costumes that are alike, 
whether the selected costume is a uniform, dress, or bandlo. One must 
not wear a uniform, another a bandlo, and so on, or the effect of uni- 
formity will be destroyed. If the bandlo is worn, the emblems are 
attached to it in this way : Near the right shoulder, the Bee-Hive Em- 
blem is sewn, with the violets each side, and the Qneen Bee over it. Next 
is worked the girl's own symbol, followed by her swarm symbol. Then, 
as they are earned, Bee Lines and Merit Badges are added. 

The price of the bandlos is sevenpence each. — Catherine L. M. 


The Bluebird Group 

This is the time of the year when the world is at its newest. It is a 
good time to encourage the Bluebird Girls to make new resolutions. 
Foremost of these should be a resolution to possess the "Bluebird Book " 
which is obtainable at the British Mission Office for the price of eight- 
pence. This book, a possession to be proud of, is designed to take the 
place of the girl's private diary. 

The outside covers of the book are blue. The inside cover contains a 
picture of a large Bluebird in flight. In the book is the " Happy Blue- 
bird Song" and "The Bluebird Dance," which each girl should learn. 
Group advisors should be prepared to explain to the girls how the book is 
to be used. 

The first page may be filled out as soon as the girl becomes a member 
of the class. (Name, Date, etc.) The second page (Individual Honour 
Record) may be filled out as assignments are completed. On this page 
are provided small squares, into which the girl pastes her awards. Each 
month that her record in punctuality and attendance is perfect she 
receives a gold star ; and when she completes an assignment in any field 
for the month she receives a small bluebird. 

There are three pages representing the three gardens in which the girl 
earns her awards each month. Lines are provided for special and indi- 
vidual work assignments. The Home Garden stands for happiness and 
cheerfulness in the home. To receive an award here, a 'Bluebird girl 
must do a household task happily and cheerfully. The World Garden 
stands for happiness and cheerfulness in the community. To earn awards 
here the Bluebird girl helps her neighbour happily and willingly. The 
Religious Garden stands for happiness and cheerfulness in the perform- 
ance of religious duties. A Bluebird girl learns scripture, prays night 



and morning. She is reverent, orderly, obedient, and happy always 
in the performance of religions duties. 

The girls may paste in their books any pictures illustrating the motives 
in each garden. Biblical pictures illustrative of incidents related to 
themes of the lessons, and pictures representing health habits, all of 
which will be cultural in development, are especially appropriate. 

Group advisors should encourage the girls to realize the importance of 
possessing this book if they would be real Bluebird Girls. It will help 
them to remember the motto: "The World Needs Happiness Makers." 
And if we all — Group Advisors, too — keep this pledge in our hearts, we 
will make this year the best one yet. — Edna Clayton. 


Release : Elder Levi Hammon, of 
the Manchester, Hull, and Birming- 
ham Districts was honourably re- 
leased from his missionary labours 
on February 13th. He returned to 
America aboard the s.s. Manhattan, 
sailing February 15th from South- 

Return : Sister Ileen Ann Waspe, 
associated with the administration 
of auxiliary work in the European 
Missions returned, to London Fri- 
day 16th, from a two weeks' tour 
of the Belgian Branches of the 
French Mission. Her trip was 
made in the interest of auxiliary 

Doings in the Districts : Man- 
chester — Sisters living in Stoke, an 
unorganized branch in the Man- 
chester District, met on Saturday, 
February 4th, and formed a Relief 
Society group. Sister Doris May 
Wiggins was sustained and set 
apart as president ; Sister Edna 
Bailey as her first counselor ; and 
Sister Eliza Tatler as her second 
counselor, and secretary of the 
organization. The Society, under 
the leadership of these officers, plans 
to carry the Gospel message to 
many friends and neighbours in 

At the St. George Parish Rooms, 
on February 8th/the blind people 
of Hyde were special guests at an 
entertainment sponsored by the 
Hyde Branch. A programme of 
music and talks was presented by 
Sisters F. Allsop, B. Jackson, and 
Brother A. Woodruff. 

On February 10th, Sister H. M. 
Smith of Hyde Branch entertained 
saints and friends at a meat-and- 

potato-pie supper in aid of the 
branch building fund. During the 
social evening that followed, guests 
enjoyed a musical programme given 
by branch members and friends. 

London — Success still follows the 
efforts of the London Missionaries' 
Basket Ball team. At another 
meeting with the London Central 
Y.M.C.A. club, the missionaries out- 
scored their opponents 34-22. Then 
traveling to Plaistow as the guests 
of the Plaistow Red Triangle Club, 
the "Mormon" five piled up 52 
points to their opponents 30 points. 
Splendid sportsmanship character- 
ized the play of both contests. 
Spectators that packed the Gym- 
nasmms went away with a new con- 
ception of the personalities of 
"Mormon" missionaries. Elders 
John D. Riggs, G. Homer Durham, 
Arthur J. Morgan, Richard S. 
Bennett and Howard M. Cullimore 
composed the missionary five. 

The Y. W. C. A. on Tunstal Road 
in Brixton was a merry spot on 
January 31st. There members of 
the South London Branch met for 
an evening of music, games, and 
dancing. Held in aid of the Sunday 
School, the social was under the 
direction of Brother W. H. Bicker- 
staff. Sister A. Hislop was in 
charge of ticket sales. Sister 
Florence A. Bickerstaff, Brother 
Charles Beckingham, and Elder 
Frank R. Bennett supplied the 
music for dancing. Guests num- 
bered sixty. 

Green and Gold decorations trans- 
formed the Luton Branch Hall into 
a lovely setting for the M. I. A. 
social held Saturday, February 3rd. 
The evening's programme was con- 
ducted in an easy informal manner, 



musical numbers .and readings being 
interspersed with games and danc- 
ing. Refreshments were served at 
small tables during the course of 
the evening. Gnests, numbering 
forty, included saints and friends 
from London, and St. Albans, as 
well as several friends of the Luton 
Branch. Arrangements for the 
affair were made by the officers of 
the Branch Y. L. and Y. M. M. I. A. 
organizations under the direction 
of Presidents Joan Simpson and 
William Gadd. Brother Gadd 
acted as Master of Ceremonies. 

Norwich — Drama lovers of the 
Norwich branch enjoyed a rare 
treat on Wednesday, February 9th, 
when members of the Branch Sun- 
day School, under the able direction 
of Brother Bertie Martins and 
Sister Elsie Tuttle, presented a 
three-act play, "Susan's Fairies." 
The entire cast did well and an 
enthusiastic audience greeted their 
efforts with rounds of appreciative 
applause. After the play, Thes- 
pians and audience joined together 
in an evening of games. Refresh- 
ments were served to about fifty 
members and friends. 

Scottish — The Airdrie Primary 
leaders sponsored an Xmas Social 
on December 26th for the Primary 
children. The affair was held at the 

home of Brother Thomas Graham; 
Games, songs, recitations and re- 
freshments provided interest and 

activity for forty-five guests, many 
of whom where not members of the 

At the home of Brother Hugh 
Martin, on January 19th, the Air- 
drie Westriggs Primary children 
enjoyed a merry social evening 
together. About forty-five mem- 
bers were in attendance. 

Welsh— The Memorial Hall at 
Varteg did well to hold the youth- 
full enthusiasm of 70 Primary 
children who were the guests of 
the Primary officers February 5th. 
The social was in honour of the 
children who took part in the 
Christmas Concert of the Branch. 
Primary President Celia Ann 
Roberts, and Sisters Naomi Thomas 
and Elsie Vale were in charge of 
the affair. Everyone had a gay and 
happy time. 

Personals: Sister Florence Allsop, 
Manchester District Relief Society 
Supervisor, has been honoured with 
the chairmanship of the Unem- 
ployed Bright Hour Service, held 
in Hyde each Sunday at 8 : 15 p.m. 
This hour is under the direction of 
the League of Social Service in 


Bagshaw — Mr. Charles Bagshaw, 
for many years a friend and de- 
fender of the Latter-day Saints, 
died at his home in Manchester, 
Friday, February 2nd. Close 

friends and relatives attended the 
funeral services conducted at the 
home on Tuesday, February 6th, 
by President B. F. Pulham. 

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